Dragonfly Larvae Inspire New Designs for Prosthetic Heart Valves

Postdoctoral researcher Chris Roh

Postdoctoral researcher Chris Roh

Professor Mory Gharib and postdoctoral researcher Chris Roh (MS '13, PhD '17) have studied the design and control of the jets that dragonfly larvae use to propel themselves to re-design health values. "The current heart valve design is a one-size-fits-all, where no patient-specific design is considered, and this causes many post-transplant complications," Dr. Roh says. "We believe that an intentionally off-centered opening of the heart valve to more closely match the patient's original blood flow will be an important design parameter that can be adjusted based on each patient's heart morphology." [Caltech story]

Professor Mory Gharib

Professor Mory Gharib

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